More than 75 years of country music will be showcased during the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s “Country Legends” concert Saturday, October 15 at the historic Maryland Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Nashville recording artists Rachel Potter and Patrick Thomas will take the stage alongside Music Director and Conductor Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to the greatest names in country music, such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, and many more.
“Country Legends” has been performed by orchestras across the country. During this one night only concert event, audience members will experience the best of country music starting from the genre’s simple beginnings and ending with the blockbuster music of today. The concert offers a guided tour of country music history, from Hank Williams’ “Hey Good Lookin'” and Marty Robbins’ “El Paso” to Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Faith Hill’s “Breathe.” Along the way there will also be songs by Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and, the Gambler himself, Kenny Rogers. The Maryland Theatre will be filled with a good-ole down-home feeling that is sure to leave boots knockin’, hearts pumpin’, and every country soul content.
Rachel Potter is a Nashville- based country music recording artist and song writer. She was also a top 12 finalist on the hit television reality show “The X Factor.” Rachel has two albums, Live the Dream and Not So Black and White that are currently available on iTunes. Broadway credits include the Mistress in “Evita,” Wednesday in “The Addams Family” and Glinda in “Wicked.”
Patrick Thomas is a Nashville-based recording artist and was a finalist on Season 1 of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” An accomplished pianist and guitarist, he was also a staff writer for Cornman Music/Warner Chappell from 2011-2013. Currently, Mr. Thomas stays busy writing music, and touring as a band leader for a number of recording artists.
“We are constantly striving to present concerts that challenge the stereotype of ‘symphony orchestra’s’ in the most traditional sense.” says Michael Harp, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. “Country music is a great example of contemporary, popular music building a fan base from folks who enjoy many other musical genres. So, whether you are a country music fan or not, ‘Country Legends’ features two incredible vocalists alongside the extraordinary Maryland Symphony Orchestra musicians in an evening of music that has broadly influenced pop culture across multiple generations.”
Tickets for the concert range from $25 to $65 for adults and $15 to $55 for children and full-time students. To purchase tickets, call 301-797-4000 or go online at http://www.marylandsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the MSO Box Office at 30 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown. The Maryland Theatre is located at 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown.
“Country Legends” is made possible by the generous support of Antietam Cable Television and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
Saturday October 15 at 8:00 PM
The Maryland Theatre
Elizabeth Schulze, Conductor
Patrick Thomas, Vocalist
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Arr. Phillippe | The Magnificent Seven
Hank Williams** | Hey Good Lookin’
Willie Nelson** | Crazy
Hank Williams** | Jambalaya/Sally Gooden
Loretta Lynn** | Coal Miner’s Daughter
Aaron Copland | “Hoedown” from Rodeo
Dewayne Blackwell & Earl Bud Lee** | Friends in Low Places
Tom T. Hall** | Harper Valley PTA
Johnny Cash** | Johnny Cash Medley: Folsom Prison Blues, Jackson, Ring of Fire
John Martin Sommers
Arr. Cochran | Thank God I’m a Country Boy
Arr. Phillppe | The Wild, Wild West
Kenny Rogers** | Kenny Rogers Medley
Dolly Parton** | Jolene
Willie Nelson** | Willie Nelson Medley
Chris Tompkins/Josh Kear** | Blown Away
Charlie Daniels Band** | The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Don Von Tress** | Achy Breaky Heart
Stephanie Bentley & Holly Lamar** | Breathe
Dolly Parton** | 9 to 5
** Arranged by Randall Craig Fleischer
Tickets for events can be purchased online at http://www.marylandsymphony.org; in person at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Administrative Offices located at 30 W Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday); or by calling the Box Office at 301-797-4000 during normal business hours. Group Rates are available for groups of ten or more. A discounted “Flex” subscription package (three or more concerts) is also available by calling the Box Office.
Built in 1915, designed by renowned architect Thomas Lamb, the Maryland Theatre is the anchor to the Arts & Entertainment district in downtown Hagerstown. The Theatre provides comfortable seating for 1,300 at performances of country artists, comedians, children’s shows, recitals, stage shows, and more. Since 1982, the Theatre has been the official home of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. The Maryland Theatre welcomes approximately 120,000 people through her doors annually. The Maryland Theatre is located at 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
ABOUT MARYLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1982, Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 35th season as the area’s premier professional orchestra. Under the musical direction of Maestra Elizabeth Schulze, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region. Learn more: http://www.marylandsymphony.org